Denon S301 - Using for Home Recording as well for Guitar Players
1 January 2014
Summary: I got this as a gift from my son, and I have also found another use for it since I already had a decent sound system on my tv. I wanted some speakers for my laptop to play guitar through and record. This works AWESOME!
Summary: I reviewed all of our options when we built our new home in regards to the media system that we wanted to run our entire house, including zones to operate outside. After reviewing many systems, we decided on the Denon 3313CI receiver 7-2 because of its ability to operate different zones.
Summary: These units apparently have a fatal flaw in them. Many owners have had the units for a period of time - usually longer than the warranty only to find out there is a problem that eventually prevents the unit from playing CD's. No support for something that was just plain poorly designed.
Summary: I purchased this unit back in 2005. I was quite happy with the setup and the sound. A great home theatre system; even though it is only a 2.1 system. I have had what I consider two (2) major issues which are obvious factory defaults: 1.
Summary: The Denon S-301 is an amazing system. First and foremost, it does a superb job with 2-channel music. Super Audio CDs are rendered with 3 dimensional qualities that are usually reserved for only audiophile-grade gear. Redbook CDs sound good and provide a somewhat revealing, analytical sound.
Summary: This system is no longer manufactured, but I was very interested in getting the HDCD capability in addition to the other features, and when I saw that it was available as a cut-price refurb, I bought it. This was a mistake.
Summary: I believe for the price its worth the money, but buyer beware it took me 3 returns to Crutchfield to find the perfect one. The first two systems kept on going black when playing back DVD movies. I recommend sending it back right away if you start to see this happening.
Summary: It's small, attractive, and feature-laden. But: as some people have mentioned, DVD playback occasionally drops out when connected via HDMI. From what I've read, this is a problem for units manufactured prior to September 2006 (check the date label on the bottom of the main unit).
Summary: I went to Magnolia (high end retailer) and they convinced me that I should get the Denon S-301 since I didn't want to install true surround sound and tear up the house. The best price they were willing to offer was $1300. So from a price perspective, you can't go wrong.